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For Immediate Release: September 9, 2005

Media Contact:

Calif. Energy Commission, Bob Aldrich 916-654-4989 or 916-539-0886 (during conference)
California Environmental Protection Agency, Mike Wintemute 916-324-9670


M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

Attention City and Assignment Editors:

California and Western Neighbors to
Forge Ties with the UK on Climate Change


What: Against the backdrop of the borderless battle against global warming, the California Energy Commission and the California Environmental Protection Agency will hold the Second Annual Conference on Climate Change Research.

Sir David King, the chief science adviser to British Prime Minister Tony Blair, will deliver the keynote speech at this year's gathering. Through Sir David, the United Kingdom will forge a united front with California and its two closest Western neighbors - in hopes of complementing worldwide strategies to soften the economic and environmental blows inflicted worldwide by the climactic phenomenon.

When: September 14-16, 2005

Where: Radisson Hotel, 500 Leisure Lane, Sacramento, Calif.

Who: Energy Commissioners Art Rosenfeld and James D. Boyd; CalEPA Secretary Dr. Alan Lloyd; along with Sir David King, head of United Kingdom's Office of Science and Technology, will lead the conference considered a gateway to cutting edge science on climate change and its socioeconomic as well as ecological impacts on California, the West Coast and the world. Based on the turnout at last year's inaugural conference sponsored by the Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program, hundreds of policymakers, scientists and experts from academia, state, and federal agencies and national laboratories are expected to attend.

Why: This year's conference will also become the first scientific conference organized as part of the Western Governors' Global Warming Initiative - widely considered one of the leading initiatives on climate change in the United States. The Governors of California, Oregon and Washington have committed to act individually and regionally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below the current levels through strategies that promote long-term economic growth, protect public health and the environment, consider social equity, and expand public awareness. In June of this year, California Governor Schwarzenegger announced emission reduction goals for the state.

The conference will present the latest results of the only state-sponsored research projects on climate change in the U.S. as done through PIER's Climate Change Center. It will also: provide a forum for individuals interested in regional climate change issues and on-going research in California, Oregon, and Washington; facilitate cross-disciplinary discussion of key climate change research and issues, to help target scientifically and economically sustainable solutions; and provide an opportunity for networking and collaboration among institutions to address regional climate change issues on the West Coast and internationally.


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Attention Editors: For the conference program and agenda, including the list of scientific topics and speakers' bios, please go to:

www.climatechange.ca.gov

To set up individual interviews with Sir David King, please contact:

Emma Stevenson
Vice Consul for Political, Press and Public Affairs
British Consulate General, San Francisco
Phone: 415-617-1341 (Tara MacDonald Smith)
FAX: 415-434-2018
Cell: 415-859-1861 (during conference)
E-mail at: emma.stevenson@fco.gov.uk

OR

Sharima Rasanayagam
Consul Science and Technology
415-859-1855

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